Not only is this the end of week 17, but the Japan Daily Press is now one month old! Here’s to many more to come! What do you readers think so far? Is there something you feel we’re lacking or don’t have enough of? We’d love to hear from you, so please let us know! Also, another milestone for us this week was the release of our new Android app. It’s free to download, so please give it a try. We hope you have a great Golden Week! If you have free time between all your festivities, come give us a visit, we’ll still be updating with all the latest news on Japan. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from Monday, April 23rd, to Friday, April 27th, shall we?
– Despite disapproval from analysts, ex-CEO Michael Woodford, and even unhappy shareholders, the questionable nominees were approved by Olympus to start their new executive positions.
– Nissan hints at bringing a new flagship vehicle to its Infiniti lineup. Looks like it will be one of their aggressive new hybrids they’ve shown off recently.
– The story of the Japanese soccer ball that made its way across the pacific really made headlines this week. After being lost in last year’s tsunami, it turns up on the coast Alaska, and now the finders plan to personally return it to Japanese teenager who it belongs to.
– The DPJ issued a stern warning for members to use their heads before posting to Twitter or their blogs. After one politician got caught making comments on his blog about illegal candidate support, it’s easy to see why.
– Bank of Japan president Masaki Shirakawa warns that easing money will not fix the economy alone. He warned that the government needs to come up with financial reforms or nothing will change.
– Prime Minister Noda says he will not be dismissing two of his cabinet members who have made some very questionable decisions recently. He’s had to relieve enough people already he says, and he doesn’t want to waste anymore time.
– A terrible car accident in Kyoto on Monday morning left a young pregnant woman and 7 year old girl dead. Eight other school children were injured as well when an 18 year old without a license drove his car into the group.
– In the first steps of reducing the amount of U.S. forces on the island of Okinawa, Japan the U.S. will start with relocating several bases to Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Once the facilities are ready for operation, the second step will be the relocation of 9,000 Marines, reducing the number stationed on Okinawa by almost half.
– More estimates show that Kansai Electric Power Co. will not be able to meet energy demands this summer. Even with homes and businesses trying to conserve, KEPCO’s supply will not be enough.
– A man responsible for defacing over 2,600 public bathrooms all across Japan was finally caught and arrested by police. The 36 year old was simply writing the address for his website with the hopes of increasing traffic.
– Japan’s field hockey teams prepare for their qualifying matches to get the last remaining spots at the London Olympics. The women’s team are already predicted to gain entry, but the men will have to work for their chance.
– Take a look at some of Japan’s detailed food replicas. Carefully crafted to look just like the real dish, these restaurant displays are quite a sight.
– Ichiro Ozawa, Japan’s famous politician, is determined to be innocent in the charges of covering up illegal money transactions. Now he must set his sights on taking back control of the Democratic Party of Japan.
– A Canadian artist in British Columbia uses tsunami debris washed ashore to make a sculpture in the form a totem pole.
– Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko request that they be cremated after their passing. A simple request for any Japanese citizen, but a practice never done before in the imperial family.
– Budi Putra takes a detailed look at what Rakuten, Japan’s largest e-commerce provider, needs to do in order to continue their overseas expansion with success.
– Osaka’s mayor and governor meet with the DPJ’s Cabinet Secretary to officially present eight requests that be addressed before the government move ahead with any nuclear reactor activations.
– Japan agrees to waive the 303 billion yen debt owed by Myanmar as the country begins democratic reforms. In addition, developmental loans will also begin, as long progress continues.
– An advertising agency has come up with sushi designs cut by laser. The dried seaweed wrapper, known as nori, has incredibly detailed patters such as cherry blossoms, water drops, and others.
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